The European Institute for Comparative Cultural Research (ERICarts-Institute) aims to provide those working in the cultural field with solid empirical information and analysis as a basis for their actions.
Organised as an independent not-for-profit company, ERICarts-Institute was founded by the European Association of Cultural Researchers (ECURES) and leading research organisations to:
- Facilitate sustainable co-operation in the field of comparative cultural research;
- Develop reliable empirical tools for undertaking comparative cultural research;
- Encourage the transfer and uptake of information and knowledge produced through the research projects by different public and private sector actors;
- Demonstrate the cultural dimensions of diverse fields and policy sectors such as employment, social affairs, competition, media, education, foreign policy, and agriculture; and
- Adhere to the principles and objectives outlined in European and international frameworks for culture to promote diversity, equality, participation and creativity.
Leading centres of excellence and professionals from around Europe which specialise in cultural research, work together to realise large scale transnational research projects in the following fields of study:
- Comparing cultural policies and systems of governance/management
- Qualifications and changing working practises of arts and media professionals
- Economic aspects of culture
- Cultural dimensions of everyday life
- Cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, and the cultural dimensions of social cohesion
- European cultural and scientific co-operation
The result is a decentralised structure of professionals undertaking both quantitative and qualitative comparative cultural research projects in partnership.
Arguably, one of the most important and enduring ERICarts projects is the Compendium of Cultural Policies and Trends in Europe developed in cooperation with the Council of Europe.